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The Real Battle

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As I sit down to write battles and fires are raging across America's cities and in me. Jesus said that the hearts of many would grow cold in the last days because evil will become rampant and people would say "Yes" when they really mean "No", and a Lie would be considered a Truth. We appear to be in such a time and place as he described; and I, like many of you find myself growing weary and cold having weathered this evil generation; watching the deterioration since my birth. Coldness seems like a place of refuge at such as this; and Hate is following her lead, both are deterrents to fighting well and surviving. I want to fight well and to do more than survive, I want to thrive! So it follows that I don't want to grow Cold or to fall into the dark well of Hate. It appears the first battle is spiritual, as the battle ground is invisible in the Heart and Mind. We are instructed by Christ's Apostles to ready ourselves for battle; to put on on the full a

Abandoned Cathedral, An Awakening

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Abandoned Places are not places of gloom but holders of the past in the present. I find them beautiful, and at times they speak volumes to my soul. Once this place only existed in my mind, and now in yours. How  marvelous . I  hear that in many places in the world  Abandoned Cathedrals are taking new shape; many as hotels; indoor fee markets; coffee shops and the like; some are most likely engulfed, like my fictional picture of Duke Chapel , in Durham, NC , and are becoming one with their deteriorating surrounds. Some may think this morbid, but for some it may be like me, they will experience an awakening to the realities of life and death, here and not here. I believe the sooner I learned the shortness of life and breath, the sooner I choose to get on with life, and maybe, just maybe, I'll continue to be able to look upon the past and it's passing as a celebration of life and knowing I lived to consider it.

Key to The Father's House

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If you've taken stock of how this pandemic has thrown the state of our world's financial, health, political, religious, entertainment and personal lives into disarray you may be tempted to loose all hope in this world. Good! Maybe that's the prize you receive for loosing all false hope in what has always been hopelessly trying to be your sense of stability and person-hood. Maybe it’s your time to proclaim your freedom from a misguided and broken system. Then maybe, like the man healed by Jesus of blindness, you will begin to look around you; what do you see? As you surely your surroundings ask yourself, who or what can you work with around you? Ask the Lord to open your eyes that you might see beyond your doubt and despair. It will be then that you will see that the fields are ripe and the sun is up. In the New Testament, the Gospel of John, chapter 14, Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are m

Yesterday's Dream - Abandoned Farmhouse

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Once a place where people lived and brought up their children it has now become a reminder of days once was. Standing in what was once the kitchen one can imagine and hear the sound of children filling this empty room; the warmth of family and the passing through of friends and neighbors lingers in the atmosphere of days filled with laughter. Sm udged  fingerprints, made long ago remain framed by the kitchen entrance, once the doorway to this once warm and youthful space. Entering the room you notice pencil marks on the wall; moving closer you see lines and numbers, each representing a child's height and name scribbled in by the youthful hand of a child. Peering further into the room a shadow now imprints itself onto the place where the stove once set, the floor in front of what once was is worn by the heals of a loving servant to the souls that once filled this place. - boonemyster Original photo of an abandoned farmhouse along the Blue Ridge Parkway , NC

Destination Uncertain - Abandoned Train Car

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You find yourself in an “Abandoned Train Car”, outside the door, outer space; your head is swirling while Rod Serling  narrates your experience. “You've entered  The Twilight Zone ” I took this original photo of a retired train car at the Pollen Park, in Raleigh, NC .  My interpretation of the subject follows the the train as it enters it’s twilight of life; outside are no longer heard the sounds of people hustling to make the noon train, it's now replaced with the sounds of night creatures and the solar winds. The door is open allowing light reflected off the moon to fill the car with a pale light revealing the reds and washing out the blues. Peering out the door one see can see stars hanging in the darkness like beacons beckoning travelers to come and see. But no soul peers from window and dreams of visiting the distant lights for this train is fixed and will never visit the lights for it has traveled it’s last track; the hiss of steam and it’s warm breath are no longer f

In the Age Of Reason

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Have we moved from the Age of Reason to the Age of Reasons and Excuses? When I did this piece in 2016 the news was filled with the numerous candidates for president who filled debate stages across America. My world and the one that hid itself from my eyes collided for the first time in a long time; but it wasn’t just me, we have all changed our position, in many cases it has lead us apart and we find ourselves in the age of reason facing questions we left to answer at a later date. But suddenly, “like a thief in the night”, later, caught up with us; then and now.  How can I reason out a thing that is anything but reasonable? Is it reasonable to trust the invisible to manage my invisible enemy?  Is it foolish to trust an invisible god to handle my enemies on my behave? Yes. Well, call me foolish in the Age of Reason. Hey Google! What is the Age of Reason? "The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason , was a philosophical movement that took place

Cold Turkey

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When I first did this piece I had my mind on the narcotics problem we face in America, especially the drug this piece is named after. Now as we face a pandemic requiring people all over the world to wear a breathing mask it takes on new meaning for me. Those who are addicted to Oxycontin and the like are suffering right now as their suppliers are facing the same unseen killer the world wrestles against. While lack of availability is a unique opportunity to come clean, it comes at a very high risk to the addicted; physically and psychologically. Having been legally addicted to Oxycontin and a number of other pain meds over the years managing my chronic pain condition I have became personally familiar with withdrawal; the crawling of my skin and the climbing of the walls in my bathroom scared me and my family more then one night. John Lennon's song " Cold Turkey " best represented the struggle those who go Cold Turkey, whatever the reason the experience is real and

For Jonathan

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I took this picture on a cold winter day in 2016 at the Flushing Meadows Park in Corona, New York. Corona is a small town in Queens and is best known for the " Lemon Ice King " featured at the end of the trailer for the sitcom " The King of Queens ". I grew up in walking distance from both the park and the my favorite year round snack. Having just finished the flavor of the week I came upon a folk of seagulls by the lake. I named the main subject of this picture Jonathan because it was the first thing that came out of my mouth as I quickly knelt down, focused and took the shot. I first read about Jonathan in the 70's while attending Halsey Junior High School P.S. 157 in Rego Park, N.Y. while in 7th grade. I remember him soaring above the clouds, ever seeking greater heights. In my minds eye I flew next to him dreaming of what would come to me in life if I were so bold as Jonathan. Now over 45 years later I still seek greater heights in my understanding of

How to Create Great Pictures

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   An old friend asked me how I created my pictures and suggested that others might be interested in creating cool pics too. I hope this helps. I started with two photographs I took while in NYC this past summer. One at the The East Coast Memorial of the Eagle statue and the other of the World Trade Center Memorial Transportation Hub . It was very moving visiting these two historically linked and internationally significant locations. It is in this spirit that I blended these two pictures of these locations. Blended the P1 & P2 by overlaying them as layers. Flipped P2 90 degrees, cropped out unwanted graphics. Cropped P1. Added digital paint. Applied Aged Paper overlay to blend and bring the piece together.  I hope this helps you to make your own Artphotography designs you can share with your friends. I highly recommend you check out PicsArt to create and share your Artphotography. PicsArt is free to use online or locally on your tablet or you can purchase a relative

US Choice

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Pray For Wisdom and understanding for our government officials that we might minister to those who truly need our help and compassion. "Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: "How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you." - Proverbs of Solomon 1:20-23

Call It Home

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I'm writing this blog post while visiting my family in my hometown, Forest Hills New York, in the Heart of Queens. Hoping your day are bright and clear this hot and sunny summer morning. I suggest you get out the tissue box for this one. You'll want it handy while you listen and enjoy this new music video. The video features original music and lyrics performed by my friend, since middle school, Ron Septimus. Ron and I invite you to listen and enjoy, " Call It Home " on YouTube. Watch Now on YouTube

His Song For Me

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" His Song For Me " is the title to a song written by a dear friend Dr. Peter H. Burgess. Peter, recounts how he was inspired to write this song. One morning with the song still playing in his head, he contacted his daughter who inspired him to move forward. He then contacted a few of his friends; People like Dan, a music composer and instrumental guru, Kimberly the angel singing on the video, and me, the retiree whose learning to produce videos that won't land on the editing floor. Then like in the movies a song was born and a video was made; which lead to a music video with over 10k views on YouTube! Peter wrote about his experience at his blog; he writes: "I was playing the harmonica when a special tune emerged. I called my daughter and she listened to the music. She was impressed and suggested that I record the song. I went to record it and..." continue reading at Peter's Blog . He invites you to considering singing his song at your church. If you would

Change is Inevitable

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Change, a word that speaks volumes to those aware of the constant change that defines our moments and reminds us that we are alive. A chapter ends and new one begins as we find ourselves at the end of what was and the precipice of what will be. In a way Change is like a causeway between death and new life. In times of change we can become overwhelmed and forget to take a breath. Remember to take a breath. Breathe in the new chapter as you exhale the last. Embrace your future; it will soon be the past, as the present is an illusion contained in a breath.

The Watcher

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Genesis 6:1–4 "When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown."

Aza'zel's Rebellion

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The Book of Enoch "1. And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals 〈of the earth〉 and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. 2. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, (taught) astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, 〈Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun〉, and Sariêl the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven..." Sacred Texts The Book of Enoch

Wisdom's Journey

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WISDOM’S JOURNEY And on the 7th day He rested and so began Wisdom's journey.  “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.&quo

See Through My Eyes

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I was inspired to produce this new gospel music video by the song "If You Could See Though My Eyes" performed by my friends The Wilson Family, Arnold & Lula. After many hours in production and hearing the message of this song over and again I know it has changed me in a good way; and that's always good. So my friends, it's now my pleasure to share it with you. Most of the pictures in the video were taken by me in Raleigh North Carolina, Queens NY and a few are by others; to these anonymous photographers, I thank you. Watch "If You Could See Through My Eyes" Read the rest of Psalm 32

Give Me A Reason

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I recently finished the music video project for “ Give Me A Reason ” featuring the music of my friends in their band, the “ Sons of Jameson ”, a local band in San Jose Calif. Artists by name on the video: - Ron Septimus on guitars and vocals, Scott Walters on bass guitar and vocals, Dan Phipps on drums, and yours truly, John Boone, in the video (the nut driving) and video producer. This project was allot of fun and I learned some new techniques with my new upgrade of PowerDirector to version 16, selected as “ The Best Video Editor of 2018 .” I've been working with this product through two versions and it continues to feature the most newest and desirable design tools, templates, transitions, and more. I highly recommend this application if your just starting out or have been using other tools and want to try something new. While it was challenging recording the video segments in the car, using multiple cameras and angles and then combining videos of the band it was less challe

Hands

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The subject of this video project came to mind when I visited the NC Museum of Art this past week. I was drawn to the hands in the paintings and the contributions that they made to the overall story told by the painter. As you view my new video and enjoy the original music see if you can describe what emotion, ideas, and symbols are being portrayed by the hand gestures of the characters in the painting and their effect on your overall interpretation of the painting as a whole. Click here to watch video on YouTube